China has threatened to respond if the US Congress passes legislation promising to impose sanctions on China against the backdrop of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, according to a spokesman for the Chinese parliament Thursday.
The level of tension between the two superpowers has increased in recent weeks, as they engage in a debate over the epidemic.
Washington criticized the way Beijing handled the beginnings of the virus in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year before it spread to the world.
US President Donald Trump escalated the rhetoric on Wednesday, blaming China for “massive killings around the world.”
Republicans, in turn, proposed a Senate bill last week that would give Trump the power to impose sanctions on Beijing unless it provides a “full report” on the outbreak.
“We are staunchly opposed to these bills, we will firmly respond and we will take countermeasures based on discussions (which will be conducted by parliament) on this legislation,” said Chinese Parliament Speaker Jang Yuesui at a press conference on the eve of the annual session of the People’s Assembly.
He added that “covering someone’s own problems by blaming others is irresponsible and immoral.
We will never accept any lawsuits or claims for undue compensation”.
The US state of Missouri has also filed a lawsuit against the Chinese leadership over the virus, seeking compensation for what it considered to be a deceptive deception and insufficient steps to prevent the outbreak.